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Posted: 08/16/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0


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Senate free-for-all

So Sen. Pam Wallin rips us off for roughly $120,000, and the special audit runs another $127,000. Sounds to me like a lot of people are having a free-for-all blowing a ton of cash.

This whole thing is getting way out of line. Time to consider getting rid of the freeloaders in the Senate and also get a second quote from different auditors.




What a great to-do about Sen. Pamela Wallin's expenses.

The never-vigilant media conveniently forget that this is only a difference of degree from well-established Liberal and Conservative practice. True, Stephen Harper deserves some of the credit for taking poisonous partisan politics to a new depth.

But the fault lies in us that we are underlings who refrain from the effort to practise democracy, particularly in choosing candidates and working to elect them.

We have earned this degree of dishonesty.




Did Sen. Pamela Wallin really think she'd get away with taking the chocolate bar and not paying for her gas just because Brent and Wanda were away from the counter at Corner Gas?

It's all on DVD. Not like the Senate.



Churchill tracks inadequate

Re: Bumpy ride for Omnitrax plan? (Aug. 14). Let's try to be realistic. The present tracks and railway system to Churchill are barely sufficient to transport tourists sometimes, let alone million of barrels of oil a year.

Breakdowns and flooding, etc., sometimes make a two-day trip a nightmare that takes up to five days of transfers and rerouting by bus for connections.

And the spilling of the odd carload of grain has a lot friendlier environmental impact than a ruptured tank full of oil.

Spending millions to improve the track system will only serve as a temporary solution. Global warming will continue to disrupt the track foundations, as the permafrost melts.



Forget the blood test

While Marilyn Baker's Aug. 14 column, Smoking is losing to toking, is largely on target, her perception that we need some type of cannabis blood test is not.

If someone is impaired, it can be shown via co-ordination and other road-side sobriety tests. If you are going to do blood tests for cannabis, then by rights you also need to test for over-the-counter cold pills, lack of sleep and illness, all which cause a similar level of impairment to cannabis (for experienced users).

The cold hard fact is it is not possible to become falling-down stoned like it is with alcohol, and applying laws meant to deal with the very real dangers of drunk driving to cannabis use are inappropriate.


Santa Cruz, Calif.

Unnecessarily divisive

Re: Show us the evidence (Letters, Aug. 13). It is profoundly tragic that Old World animosities have found fertile ground again in a debate surrounding the contents of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Framing the decision to create a Holocaust gallery as "elevating one community's suffering above all others" is a gross mischaracterization of the gallery, is unnecessarily divisive, and undermines the study of human rights.

There may be merit to a permanent gallery devoted specifically to the Holodomor, the apparent objective of Borys Sydoruk. The fact that there is not one now ought not to result in attacks on the establishment of a Holocaust gallery.

The Holocaust was the seminal event in illuminating human rights issues. I am certain the "community" that suffered the Holocaust would have preferred that monstrous period in its history had not occurred and be spared this perceived privileged status.



Concerts aren't karoake

D'Arcy Phillips makes it clear in his Aug. 14 letter that though he attended the Paul McCartney concert, his ears were elsewhere. Either that or a hearing test is in order.

Just to set the record straight, this was a concert, not a karaoke evening at the local legion. If you want to hear songs performed note for note as a performer might have done them 30 years ago, stay home, save your cash and make room for someone who might actually appreciate both the artistry and attention to detail that McCartney demonstrated Monday evening.

As a Beatles fan and professional musician, I can assure you the arrangements and musical delivery at the concert were incredibly true to the originals. And considering there were but five musicians handling what would have required many more in the recording studio, these guys nailed it big time.




Plaudits for D'Arcy Phillips's perceptive analysis of the Paul McCartney concert. Oh, that we, too, could have seen beyond the music to those shoddy production values.

Many of us thought it was pretty good -- great, even -- but what do we know? Perhaps Phillips could enlighten us on some additional flaws we missed. How silly of us to suspend criticism for the sake of a good time.




I was very disappointed in the Paul McCartney show. He sounded awful and raspy and looked tired. I didn't appreciate being frisked and having my bags checked upon entry.

T-shirts were $40 and souvenirs $30. They should have come free with the tickets. He was also unfriendly and paranoid, in my view, coming in under a canopy and running into a limo at the hotel and not stopping to shake anyone's hand or to sign anything. What a waste of time, money and exasperation parking. It wasn't worth the loss of sleep.




I can only come up with two reasons for D'Arcy Phillips's Paul McCartney diatribe.

First, he knows everything about music and will soon be having his own concert at Investors Group Field, in which case I'll be the first to buy a $200 ticket.

Second, he gets a kick out of finding just how much dooey he can disturb.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2013 A12

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